Globalization Of Sumo Wrestling

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When thinking of globalization in reference to traditional Japanese sumo wrestling, this concept is not one that is very forthright. First, globalization must be defined. Globalization is the compression of the world and the intensification of the consciousness of the world. Consequently, this means that the knowledge and awareness of worldviews, culture, and products are increased. As previously stated the connection between globalization and sumo wrestling in Japan is not one that is simple. The sport includes aspects that can cause itself to be classified as a globalized sport while it also includes contradictory aspects that do not meet the criteria of a globalized sport. Looking at sumo wrestling at the globalized platform, it includes …show more content…
Essential dynamics of traditional Japanese sumo wrestling have been altered to meet global standards. These alterations have stripped Japanese sumo wrestling of its ties to the Shinto religion. Japanese tradition is infused into professional sumo wrestling. Therefore, the core of Japanese sumo wrestling has been diminished to the point of a non-recognizable existence within amateur sumo wrestling. In traditional sumo wrestling, the wrestlers compete in wrestling rings called dohyos which are symbolic of the Shinto shrines. As far as dress is concerned, wamashis are worn to cover and protect the private parts of the wrestlers, and hair is placed into top-knot buns. Dohyos have been replaced with mats, wamashis with spandex shorts, and top-knot buns with crew cuts. ( https://wsucommonbook.wordpress.com/2007/10/06/sumo-and-japanese-culture/) One of the most significant alteration would have to be the participation of women in sumo wrestling. Proper Japanese sumo practices would not permit women participation because it is believed that women undo the purification of the ring. An impure ring would result in a wrestler becoming injured. Modifications have been made in hopes to qualify sumo wrestling as an Olympic …show more content…
Tradition is very important to the Japanese culture because it serves as a sense of nationalism to Japan’s natives. Nationalism is a collective, shared feeling, or attachment to one’s nation. Japanese nationalism has two divisions that separate the culture and traditions from the politics and state. This is important to note because as the political preference and governmental issues may arise, the cultural aspects of Japan’s national ties remain separate in hopes to preserve authentic Japanese culture. One of the most significant components in the cultural representation of sumo wrestling would be its reference to the Shinto religion. In fact, the initial purpose of sumo wrestling was to entertain the Shinto gods. (https://aaofsd.wordpress.com/2010/03/11/sumo-wrestling-a-tradition-of-danger/) While there is a considerable amount of time that goes into the assembly and execution of a sumo match, every portion is important to the essence that is Japanese sumo wrestling. All components that reference the Shinto religion are mainly

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